Summer time is upon us and the temptation to allow our children to veg out on the couch all day is something many of us struggle with. Lets face it, tv and video games is easier than outdoor play. It keeps the kids quiet and clean whereas sending them into the backyard means dirt under the finger nails and loud games of tag. Our family strongly regulates screen time, and even we struggle with this.
The fact of the matter is though, too much time inside, disconnected from nature and real-life sensory experiences is a contributing factor in childhood depression, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and nature deficit disorder. We can try to combat all of these by creating sensory experiences indoors, such as the use of sensory bins, however there is nothing better than the real deal. These artificial play scenarios are a sorry second to a true connection with nature.
Many of you may be thinking to yourself, “that is all well and good, but how can I take my children out in this weather?” Well, there is a saying, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. We frequently play in the rain, snow, cold, and heat. It is merely a matter of making sure everyone is properly dressed.
If, however, the weather is truly too dangerous for outdoor play and exploration, there is always the option of bringing nature indoors. A nature table is the perfect way to offer your children hands-on exploration of the world around them, from the comfort of their own home.
And for those in apartments or urban areas, don’t be discouraged! Nature study in the city can still be a wonderful and fun learning experience.
Our Little Leafers Free Printable Nature Study E-Course is perfect for anyone regardless if they are in an urban or country setting. And we know how busy you are so we do all the work for you: every week includes a teacher’s guide with tips for teaching that week’s theme, a written lecture, discussion prompt questions to ask the kids, nomenclature cards, ideas for free or frugal hands-on learning, and a list of suggested vocabulary words.
So get your kids outside this summer. Encourage a deeper connection with nature to ensure their greater emotional and physical wellness.
If you need ideas then look no further than this Ultimate Nature Study Link-Up.
Visit my co-hosts at the following sites to read all about their nature study activities and ideas.
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And if you’re a blogger, don’t forget to link-up your own nature study related posts in the themed linky parties at the bottom of this post!